Missing Factor = Holy Spirit
When praying recently (or… complaining in religious-sounding language) over some seemingly impossible factors, what rose up in my spirit was, “Don’t leave the Holy Spirit out of the equation.” When we are needing a factor to get the result of 2 + X = 3, we tend to focus on the fact that we don’t have “X” and that all we have is a measly little “2” and that, as a result, we don’t yet have “3”. In our case, as believers, all we have to do is put “X” (the missing factor) in the equation. If the situation is chaotic and even destructive, wouldn’t it be obvious that the Holy Spirit is not in control? Then let’s call Him into the situation. Instead of laying out our complaints in religious-sounding language and so-called “righteous indignation,” let’s cry out before God for His promised One to bring the power of heaven into the situation (Jn16:7).
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Holy Spirit — The Enabler
We are not waiting for Jesus to bring His purpose into this earth with an inaugural dispensation because His purpose has never been absent from this earth (Jn5:17). What yet awaits is the manifesting of those who will receive the empowering that King Jesus sent after His ascension. What yet awaits is those who are blood-washed (Rev1:5) and Spirit-filled to go ahead and demonstrate the One who dwells within them (Jn14:17); knowing He dwells within to empower them so that they might not only confront powers of darkness but also contradict those powers with life, light and order (Acts26:18;1Pe 2:9). Those sons of God know that the Holy Spirit hasn’t come as a slip-n-slide to heaven but as the Enabler to break the hold of darkness upon men and systems (Jn17:15) through believers who are led by the Spirit (Rom8:14).
THE Super Spirit
There is a yearning for a superhero to contradict the oppression of a downward spiral of destruction in our world. Since the powerful Holy Spirit (THE Super Spirit) is the one who links heaven and earth (Jn 16:7), it should be obvious to us that His dwelling presence within us (Lk 24:49; Acts 1:8), and His permeating presence into chaos (Gen 1:2;Jn 16:8-11;Acts 17:6) is the only way the powers of darkness can be defeated. That requires our looking beyond using Jesus as a get-out-of-hell-free card and seeing His kingship as empowered by the promised One who endues sons of God with confronting and contradicting abilities (1Co 12:4-11, 28-31). The gifts of the Spirit are not Charismatic party favors but enablements for reigning presently in this earth over everything that its systems launch against King Jesus and His present purposes.
Factor In The Holy Spirit
Superheroes seem to have become the theme of many movies in recent time. Some of the most effective, powerful superheroes in those stories have come from other planets, other parts of the universe. They are adored, lauded, even feared for their superpowers. One movie which came out a few months ago depicted a man from earth who ended up on another planet and became the hero who defeated the super bad guy on that planet. The message seems clear: that people need a hero and expect that he can only come from a far away place, from a totally different environment. Looking around at present world circumstances, I think almost everyone would agree that someone must come to us from a completely different realm of existence and pierce the impossibilities of our world which we all seem helpless to overcome. The chaos must be confronted with superior contradiction. It won’t be done without the enablement of the Holy Spirit. (Jn16:7; Acts1:8) (This is the first of a series about the Holy Spirit by Marty Gabler)
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Following God Through Gates (by Kathy Gabler)
Our security is not in having many absolutes to protect us, but in knowing Him who is absolute wisdom. Principles hold true, but they get put in priority order by the wisdom of God in every situation. Traditions can have us believing in our beliefs more than we believe in Him, and at that point His Word and counsel have no power or effect in us or for us. Our beliefs are not holy, He is. Therefore, let us give respect and follow through to the gates our holy and wise God builds specifically to get us to the fullest future He desires.
Gates And Traditions (by Kathy Gabler)
Probably the hardest place to build a gate is in our traditional, established views of scripture, and unfortunately we could die on our own sword trying to defend our traditional beliefs simply because the letter of the law kills. It is rather ironic that the letter of the law is so strong yet vulnerable to something as simple as a typo or language or culture or new revelation. However, the spirit of the law, or the truth that is right and unchangeable in it, is not threatened by new gates to fuller understanding. For instance, the scripture says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” The spirit of that law boils down to not deliberately deceiving and manipulating information against someone for your own purposes. However, our traditions have added to the letter of that law that we must tell everything we know at all times. Not lying does not equal spilling all truth to all people. Even “honesty is the best policy” is best approached with caution because sometimes SILENCE is the best policy. (There are men who have learned that it is better to be silent than express their honest opinion of what that dress looks like on their wife.)
New Gates Are Not Optional (by Kathy Gabler)
While prophesying to a lady, I saw her as a bird in a gilded cage. The door was open on the cage, but she would not fly out. Instead of leaving her captivity, she decorated it, but the golden captivity was still captivity. We can comfort ourselves with former revelation, with blessings already received and with testimonies of past obediences, or refuse to move and just focus on quests that everyone would call godly, but God’s designs are always moving beyond the past and even beyond the now. When He builds a gate, He is not presenting options; rather He is giving direction. That gate will lead to growth, increase, maturity and change. Purpose beckons us beyond our current fence line. God is faithful to build the gate, but it is up to us to choose to go through it.